By Rebecca Barrett and Karen Barlow
The national inquiry into children in immigration detention has heard evidence alleging a Government cover-up about the scale of mental health issues among child asylum seekers.
Psychiatrist Dr Peter Young was the director of mental health services at detention centre service provider, International Health and Mental Services (IHMS), for three years until earlier this month.
Asylum seekers detained offshore have a higher rate of distress and mental health disorders than those in detention in Australia, according to a new health assessment.
The findings, obtained by Fairfax Media, are included in a report by International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), the organisation contracted to provide medical services in detention centres.
The report reveals about half the asylum seekers at processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island are suffering from significant depression, stress or anxiety.